Like any sport, Rugby has inherent risks. That said, Rugby’s injury rate is actually less than many other sports because athletes are taught to tackle and be tackled safely, with head to the side and arms wrapped. It is illegal to lead with the head in Rugby.
What’s more, we emphasize operating in space and spend very little time in contact drills. With very limited exceptions, we do not expose athletes to contact drills until they are older than 14.